By Alan Lightman
(Vintage, Paperback, 9780375713439, 256pp.)
Publication Date: October 14, 2008
Enter your zip code below to find indies closest to you.
A stunning new novel about an ordinary man's encounter with the extraordinary, from the author of Einstein's Dreams.David Kurzweil, a quiet man with modest ambitions, was taking a break at his new job, when he saw something out of the corner of his eye. Something no science could explain. Suddenly David's life is changed, and he soon finds himself in the middle of a wild public controversy over the existence of the supernatural. As David searches for an explanation, we embark on a provocative exploration of the delicate divide between the physical and the spiritual, between science and religion as only Alan Lightman could provide. Combining a beautiful narrative with provocative ideas, Ghost investigates timeless questions that continue to challenge the truth as we know it.
Alan Lightman was born in Memphis, Tennessee, and educated at Princeton and at the California Institute of Technology, where he received a Ph.D. in theoretical physics. An active research scientist in astronomy and physics for two decades, he has also taught both subjects on the faculties of Harvard and MIT. Lightman's novels include Einstein's Dreams, which was an international best seller; Good Benito; The Diagnosis, which was a finalist for the National Book Award; and Reunion. His essays have appeared in The New York Review of Books, The New York Times, Nature, The Atlantic Monthly, and The New Yorker, among other publications. He lives in Massachusetts, where he is adjunct professor of humanities at MIT.
"Elegantly provocative. . . . Fine and deeply thoughtful fiction."—Los Angeles Times"Supple. . . . Engaging. . . . A substantial achievement."—The New York Times Book Review“Fascinating. . . . Brilliant. . . . Explores the liminal state between knowledge and belief.”—The Washington Post Book World “Powerful. . . . Looks at the spirit that moves us.”—Boston Globe